Simon Cowell and Lauren Silverman welcomed a baby boy into the world on Valentine's Day and the acerbic Simon seems pretty happy about it. Photographers caught him leaving the hospital in New York City where Lauren gave birth. He had quickly jetted there from London, where he was filming. Lauren had apparently gone into labor a tad early. Reports are giving the baby boy's name and it's not quite what I would have expected ...

The baby boy's name is ... Eric.

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I know. I would have thought it would be something more creative. I thought maybe Simon, being a Brit, would have gone for Nigel, or Alistair, or Barrington or something.

Nope. Just plain old Eric. He had also previously joked that he would give the baby his "favorite" name, which is, of course, Simon.

In the end, he went with a traditional name. Oh, and it happens to be his Dad's name. His father passed away in 1999. Simon wrote on Twitter:

 

How sweet naming him after his Dad. Guess that was his idol!

Simon also announced that Lauren is doing fine. Welcome to the world, baby Eric. Your dad may not change your diaper, but you could be the next Eric Clapton!

Do you like the name?

 

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